ATHENS, Ga. -- Carey Williams Jr. drove into Watkinsville Saturday to take a red velvet cake to a friend whose wife had died, but a stroke of good fortune happened on his way home to Greensboro.
Almost out of gasoline, Williams recalled Wednesday that he stopped by the Golden Pantry on Greensboro Highway and purchased $20 worth of gas and $40 worth of lottery tickets for Fantasy Five.
The next morning, Williams, who owns The Herald-Journal newspaper in Greensboro, called a friend.
“I said anybody win the Fantasy Five and he said ‘Yes. One ticket was sold in Watkinsville.’ I hung up and looked at my phone and saw the numbers. I nearly fainted.”
Williams had won the jackpot of $634,569.
Word is slowly getting around Greensboro, where Williams is one of the town’s most well-known citizens.
“I was eating in the restaurant a little while ago and women folk were coming in and congratulating me,” he said.
After state and federal taxes, Williams estimated he may realize an income of about $460,000.
Williams drove to lottery headquarters to get his money but was told it would be a few days before it is deposited in his bank account.
“I was a country boy. I thought they would write me a check right then,” he said.
“They say when you buy a ticket you have a dream. And mine came true,” Williams said.
Williams isn’t staying out of the old newspaper where ink on paper still reigns.
“I will still work,” the newsman said.